Nightmare on Elm Street reboot

It’s only been five years since New Line and Platinum Dunes tried their hand at remaking Wes Craven‘s classic horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street, the film that brought the taunting slasher Freddy Krueger into all our nightmares. But in Hollywood years, that’s a lifetime, so it’s time for another reboot.

A new reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street is in the works at New Line Cinema again, and this one will ignore the 2010 reboot that starred Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger. Find out who will be writing the script for the A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot after the jump!

The Tracking Board reports it will be Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson writing the script this time, but there’s no director or producers on board the project as of yet. So far only New Line’s Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for the studio, so the project is still pretty early in development.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of several horror franchises that, much like the character who haunts endless dreams, just won’t die. Freddy Krueger (originally played by Robert Englund) stands with Michael Myers from Halloween and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th as a horror icon, but just like those other two seemingly immortal killers, they’ve also worn out their welcome from time to time.

Krueger has always been the more playful and silly of the iconic, recurring slashers, spouting off one-liners and campy jokes to his victims before he kills them. He even battled Jason Voorhees in the silly match-up Freddy vs. Jason in 2003, and has spun off into several novels, comic books and video games as well.

Though the 2010 reboot has a respectable cast (including Rooney Mara in the lead) and tried desperately to remake the film for a new generation, it just didn’t separate itself enough from the original film and instead was simply boring, lacking in any true horror. If anything, it just seemed to take itself far too seriously. Or maybe we just live in a world where a killer like Freddy Krueger just doesn’t work anymore. Though I’m sure someone out there has an idea to bring Freddy back from the dead.

But either way, New Line is going to try yet again to make this 31-year old franchise work. It’s not clear how soon this one might get off the ground since Johnson is also slated to script the new Dungeons & Dragons movie for Warner Bros. that was announced earlier this week, so stay tuned to see how this one develops.

We’re definitely looking at a resurgence of classic horror characters yet again with a new Friday the 13th in the works, a return to Halloween, and another Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel on the way too. And before you know it we’ll miraculously get a movie that brings all those horror icons together somehow.

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